The Isla Foundation focuses on supporting grassroots organisations and individuals that provide vital help to the most vulnerable in society. Our projects focus on precise targets/ outcomes to be agreed with individual grantees. The aim, to create maximum positive social impact at a local community level. We believe it is those on the front line who best know the solutions to the problems they are facing. In addition to providing immediate support, we look at how to strengthen organisations with campaigns & advocacy, community organising, and communications to become social movements.
Hackney Foodbank was one of the foodbanks to receive an emergency grant from the Isla Foundation to enable it to continue its essential work with the Covid-19 outbreak.
Hackney Foodbank usually feeds over 6,000 people per year, a quarter of which are children. The extra funds will enable them to buy more food and petrol for delivery vans. Funds will support costs associated with adapting the service so it can safely deliver supplies to those most in need.
The Isla Foundation has been grant giving since 2013. At its heart Isla wants to get involved with the community we see around us day-to-day. Isla pushes for opportunity and choice by helping provide support, education, creativity, green spaces, a sense of community.
Isla wants to see positive change embedded at community level, in particular by empowering people to contribute to policy decisions and by mobilising a strong grassroots women’s movement. It also seeks to support work that relates to the national context, for instance by changing aspects of government policy or popular culture (including media).